I work hard for 50+ hours a week as a mechanic. Also, I don't understand why it's so bad to ask how your week or weekend was x seems like a good way to get to know you my opinion. I enjoy working out and lifting weights. Love sports. Colorado fan mainly. Broncos, Avs and Rockies. Fan of the Wild and Twins as well. Concerts are awesome. Mainly rock, metal and country for me but I like variety (ask, I love all kinds of music). I only hang out with true, good friends that always have your back. I have quite a few of them and I'm the same way.
For a first date, I do enjoy grabbing a bite to eat or a drink and talk while getting to know each other. If the weather is nice maybe go for a walk. Bowling, mini golf, sporting events, or concerts are other good ideas.